Sometimes one of the hardest lessons to learn is that things happen for a reason. When my former agency closed, I was devastated, but now I'm with a new agency and I couldn't be happier. Even the disaster going on at my house was for a reason. When the downstairs walls were ruined from the rain, they had to be gutted and we found a bunch of electrical wires that could have caused fires down the line because they weren't run properly at all. So my huge mess definitely happened for a reason, and while it's been crazy, I'm glad these issues were discovered and addressed.
My house/construction situation made me realize that even bad things happen for a reason and can lead to good things. So the next time I get down about something writing related, I'm going to take the time to find the good that will eventually come from it.
- A writing slump could just be your brain refreshing before a great new idea hits.
- A troublesome revision might evolve into a necessary rewrite that is ten times better than the previous draft.
- A messy POV might reveal that the wrong character is telling the story.
- A character who won't listen and do what you want them to might be trying to tell you they have a better way to tell the story.
- A document crash that erases your work might be the kick in the butt you need to rethink your story.
How do I know this? Because all of those things I just listed have happened to me, and I'm thankful for each and every one.
What's "happened for a reason" lately in your writing?